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PK In The Know Podcast: Cosplay Goes to the Supreme Court

February 8, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Fashion Copyright , Litigation , Supreme Court

PK In The Know Podcast: Cosplay Goes to the Supreme Court

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Cosplay Goes to the Supreme Court

January 19, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Copyright Week , Fashion Copyright , Litigation

Yes, you read that right: the Supreme Court of the United States may get to decide the legal status of all those Jedi robes you’ve got squirreled away. The Supreme Court is considering a case that will set the standard for when clothing and costume designs can be covered by copyright—and when people who mimic them (such as costumers) can be sued for potentially enormous damages.

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Fashion Week Reminds Us That Clothing Shouldn’t Be Copyrighted

February 13, 2013 3D Printing , Fashion Copyright

While New York Fashion Week marches on, let’s take a moment to look at where the future of the fashion industry should and shouldn’t go.

Should: Into the world of 3D printing.

Shouldn’t: Into the world of harsher copyright protection.

Over the weekend, the 3D printing group Shapeways kicked off Fashion Week with the unveiling of a collaboratively designed 3D printed gown. The metallic creation, modeled by Dita Von Teese and designed by Francis Bitoni and Michael Schmidt (of Lady Gaga’s famous bubble dress), exhibited printing technology that suggests a fashion forward future of extraordinary creativity from within the industry.

That is, if Congress doesn’t pass a law applying copyright protection to clothing designs.

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You Can’t Copyright a Hair Style; World Keeps Spinning

July 5, 2011 Fashion Copyright , Innovation

A story on the radio show Marketplace yesterday inadvertently highlighted an important point that is all too often left out of discussions about intellectual property: some types of ideas are simply beyond the scope of copyright or patent.  Even commercial ideas.  And that is ok.

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Royal Wedding Knock Offs: Champagne v. Soda Pop

May 3, 2011 Enforcement , Fashion Copyright , Piracy

Moments after seeing Kate Middleton emerge from the limousine on her wedding day last Friday, fashion designers all over the world pulled out their sketchbooks and got to work copying the dress. The usual celebrity dress copy-artists came out of the woodwork: a version of the gown by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz is already finished and will be in stores by June 30; New York fashion house Faviana also has a version that will head to production soon; and the Chinese Muyi Wedding Dress Company already has a $320 version for sale in Suzhou.

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